I was born in Buffalo, NY, but moved to Florida at a young age so I'm technically a "Florida Cracker." I grew up in Sarasota (go Pine View Pythons!), went to college in Gainesville (go Gators!), and settled into the Port Charlotte area about 20 years ago (what do we cheer for here anyway?).
When my dreams of becoming a Calvin Klien underwear model fell through (I know...look at me! How could they turn me down?) I fell back on the only thing I've ever been any good at - radio broadcasting (how sad is that??). I joined KIX Country 19 years ago and I've seen a lot of things change in that time. The community around me has changed a lot, and the radio business has changed more than I ever thought possible.
Many locals remember I used to have a radio partner, Bob Alexander. Sadly the shrinking economy forced many businesses, including ours, to downsize and now I'm flying solo. That's one of the changes I could really have done without, honestly. I'm probably not supposed to even say that - but I've always been an open book on the radio and I'm too old and stubborn to stop now. Besides, the boss never reads these things anyway. Really! Watch me thumb my nose at the establishment: hey boss - I've been stealing used coffee filters for years! Wow...getting that off my chest was a thrill.
One of the more positive changes in the radio business has been the opportunity for a little town "deejay" to broadcast to a much larger audience, now that we're "nationwide" on I Heart Radio. Be sure to download the app for your smart-phone or tablet today (Sorry, they make me say that). But it's always a blast to hear from people listening in other parts of the country. Even if most of the time they're contacting me just to let me know how stupid my latest opinion was.
Nowadays I call Deep Creek in Charlotte County home, along with my incredible wife Stephane and our baby-boy (of the furry variety) Tooie - an eight pound Pomeranian.
All in all it's been a crazy ride over the last couple of decades - anyone here during Hurricane Charlie can attest to that! I'm hoping that I'll be able to celebrate my 20th anniversary with this station (in November of 2013), but that largely will depend on the local economy. If things get bettter - I'll still be here, so please go out and buy all the new cars, furniture and mattresses you can afford! The more YOU spend, the more likely there will be a need for me to stay put. So, by all means, run up a butt-load of debt and let's make this thing happen!
Seriously, thank you for a long and rewarding gig so far. And by rewarding I mean mentally, emotionally and even spiritually - but certainly NOT financially. Not a complaint, just a clarification!
Good Morning Kix Country
Thanks for waking up with us this morning, Yesterday was an overwhelming success as this year's running of Country Fest came to a close early last evening.
John Grabau here, I will be filling in for the out of studio Todd Matthews this morning. I am very pleased to be sharing the airwaves with you all this morning.
I am also very pleased to share some coverage from yesterday with you as well on this Monday morning.
I would like to start off by sharing several photos with you of people who attended the concert yesterday, we took so many photos that we are going to break this category into 3 galleries...
If you do not see your photo in here, dont worry. Just check back tomorrow and Wednesday for the next installment of this photo gallery category.
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE PHOTO GALLERY
Here is a video of Grayson Rodgers performing an orginal song at the 2013 Country Fest that I would like to share with you this morning...
Here are a few photos of the band performing that I would like to share with you this morning from yesterday....
Click HERE to check out the entrie photo gallery...
Next, I would like to share a video of Blue Mason Barter Co. performing at the 2013 Country Fest
Here are a few photos that I would like to share with you of the band performing from yesterday afternoon...
Click HERE to see the entire photo gallery from yesterday...
Here is a video which goes into depth regarding the Euthanasia Roller Coaster that you will hear me talking about on the air waves this morning...
Click HERE to read more regarding the recent penny sized flying robots made at the University of Harvard recently that you will hear me talking about this morning on the airwaves.
Good Morning Kix country
Today's Notha Chance Lotto Numbas
3 - 5 - 11 -12 -13 -47
We will be back out on the streets today with the Kix Country Cruiser for an additional ticket stop pertaining towards the 2013 Country Fest. Today will see us back at Higher Power Outfitters in Punta Gorda, I would like to share this with you which is the result of a parting gift they gave us from the last time we were there...
We will be there from 3:30 PM to 5:02 PM today!
Tomorrow afternoon will see me taking the Kix Country Cruiser to Don Gasgarth's Charlotte County Ford for a two hour live broadcast which will double as your last chance to get tickets for the upcoming 2013 Country Fest which is just 72 hours away.
Brad Connor from Blue Mason Barter Co. will be performing a special acoustic set at the Hooters in Port Charlotte tomorrow evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM during the pre Country Fest party they are holding.
Here is a video of the Band performing at last year's event, the entire band will be performing on Sunday at Country Fest.
Good Morning Kix Country
John Grabau here filling in for the out of studio Todd Matthews this morning who is away on business related matters.
Lew Austin Hastings from the world's richest Tarpon Fishing Tournament and Festival stopped in yesterday for an interview on the morning drive show...
Here are a few photos taken from yesterday...
I would like to remind everyone that there will be one final ticket stop for the upcoming 2013 Country Fest is just a few days aways.
Todd Matthews and Kix Country Cruiser will be at Don Gasgarth's Charlotte County Ford in Port Charlotte this Saturday from noon until 1:00 PM with your last chance to get tickets!
Additionally, there will be a party at Hooters on the evening before hand with a live acoustic set by Brad Connor of Blue Mason Barter Company which will kick off at 6:00 PM and run until 8:00 PM.